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David Crosby Sells Legendary Catalog to Irving Azoff's Iconic Artists Group

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David Crosby from Crosby, Stills & Nash photographed in Amsterdam, Netherlands in 1976.

Irving Azoff's newly-launched venture Iconic Artists Group has partnered with David Crosby on a wide-ranging deal to monetize the California singer-songwriter's life work in the digital era, the two parties announced today (March 3).

Under the agreement, Iconic has purchased the publishing and recorded music rights to Crosby's catalog, which includes his solo work as well as his output as a member of The Byrds, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and the later Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. The deal also includes Crosby's songs as a duo with Nash.

"I’ve known David as a friend and have admired him as a great artist since our earliest days at Geffen Roberts Management shortly after I moved to Los Angeles," Azoff said in a statement. "This is an incredible time to be involved with David and his tremendous catalogue of music. He’s truly one of music’s most prolific songwriters and artists and I’m honored he has made Iconic the steward of his timeless musical legacy."

Crosby added that "given our current inability to work live, this deal is a blessing for me and my family and I do believe these are the best people to do it with."

The partnership coincides with the 50th anniversary of the artist's debut solo album, If I Could Only Remember My Name, as well as the 51st anniversary of Déjà Vu, the CSNY classic released in March 1970.

"David’s impact on music and culture is only equaled by the lasting power of his beautiful and sophisticated songs," Iconic founder/CEO Olivier Chastan said. "From the gorgeous melodies of 'Guinnevere' and 'Déjà Vu' to the biting messages of 'Wooden Ships' and 'Almost Cut My Hair,' his music remains as innovative and relevant as it did when it was first created. I’m thrilled that David has chosen Iconic to be the custodian of his legacy."

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Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young pose for a composite publicity photo circa 1970.

Azoff just last week announced the official launch of Iconic, which is dedicated to preserving the legacies of legendary artists by acquiring and managing their assets, and exposing their music to new generations.

Along with the announcement came Iconic's first official partner, The Beach Boys, who entered into an intellectual property partnership with Iconic that covers the group's recordings, brand, memorabilia and select compositions.